Travels in Burgundy 2018

both côtes today…

By billn on May 15, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

Côte de Nuits vineyard royalty this afternoon…

The weather just got better and better today – until nearly 9pm – when just as I was searching for my running shoes the heavens opened. Maybe I’ll run tomorrow instead, but the forecast isn’t good…

saturday afternoon on the hill of corton

By billn on April 29, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

The morning was wet – but about 2pm we had a weather window – so why not a couple of hours above Aloxe and Ladoix?

quiet apprehension!

By billn on April 27, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018#vintage 2018

I visited Chablis today – still 22°C but with a cooler wind. April almost brought a new record here – a daytime temperature of 31°C, but more impressive, one night of 20°C. But all change just now…

Yesterday evening into this morning brought 2°C, and both Monday and Tuesday nights to come are forecast at 0°C.

In the grand crus – Les Clos mainly – not only have some domaines already prepared candles – just in-case – others have made tents to protect their vines from the cold. There are two separate plots in Les Clos – both at the bottom of the hill (the candles likewise) with the same silver-grey tent material. Fingers crossed for next week!

First, this week’s trilogy:

Then a little Chablis from today:

my week (so far)…

By billn on April 24, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

This week is a great mix; yesterday les Aligoteurs were showing their wares in Flagey-Echézeaux – almost 50 domaines – I’m ashamed to say that I only tasted the wines of 27 domaines – but that was already nearly 4 hours and almost 80 wines worth – after which my palate said ‘STOP!’ Seemingly there had been too much talking! The weather was cooler and quite wet – the 16°C was actually perfect for tasting aligoté in tents though – it would have been much too warm over the weekend!

Today and tomorrow it’s Gevrey-Chambertin – continuing my Latricières-Chambertin quest for the April report – getting closer to 50 different Latricières tasted! Thursday sees a dip into Mâcon territory and then Friday an excursion to Chablis. The weather is a little cooler – about 20°C but the sun is still shining, as you can see from the images…

a little friday faiveley action…

By billn on April 20, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

The new tasting area in Faiveley’s renovated Nuits cuverie is just one week into its new life. The cuverie covers numbers 38A and 38B in the street, but they call the place Number 38. it still smells of paint, but it’s still worth your time – it was definitely worth mine 😉

puligny-blagny-meursault-puligny – cross-country…

By billn on April 19, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

Looking down on Puligny from La Garenne

I might have started at 5pm, the but the temperature was never lower than 26°C for my 7km of cross-country – I’ve not yet adjusted to the temperature – so it could have been easier! Starting at Hotel Le Montrachet, through the vines and up past Chevalier-Montrachet, through the brush, higher through St.Aubin Dents du Chien, taking the right-turn between Le Trezin and La Garenne to Blagny and then the route separating Meursault Charmes and Puligny Combettes. Finally right-turn back to Puligny and a cold drink back at Hotel Le Montrachet.

the sun has got his hat on…

By billn on April 18, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

Breakfast pictures in Beaune, and some ‘whilst jogging’ shots from this afternoon:

jogging around beaune yesterday

By billn on April 06, 2018 #travels in burgundy 2018

The rain actually stopped in the morning, so a jog seemed appropriate in the afternoon – 15 km around Beaune/Pommard – Strava seemed to take the regular photo-opportunity stops in its stride!

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